Hello everyone, so the Long Island Railroad route for Train Sim World will be arriving tomorrow (November 20th) and I couldn’t be more happy about it. The route starts from New York Penn Station and goes to Hicksville which is the end of the LIRR main line. The route also features Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, Long Island City in Queens, and the LIRR Hempstead Branch and Belmont Park Branch. The route also features LIRR’s most important component of its fleet, the Bombardier M7 which LIRR has 836 units of. Although the M7 is great in its own way, the route will feel a bit empty without the massive and beautiful diesel locomotives that run down the LIRR. What I’m proposing is for Dovetail Games at some point in time, to create the LIRR DM30AC/DE30AC and the C3 Cab Car and coaches. (LIRR DM30AC #502 running down the Montauk Branch) The Locomotive: The DM30AC and DE30AC locomotives were manufactured by Electro Motive Division (EMD) in years 1997-1998. They then were delivered to LIRR for service on LIRR’s 4 diesels branches and are still running on the railroad to this day. The two locomotives are practically the same besides for the DM30AC’s ability to switch from diesel mode to DC third rail power. One other difference is that the DE30AC is numbered in the 400s whilst the DM30AC is numbered in the 500s. The locomotives haul the Kawasaki built C3 Bi-level cab car and coaches. The diesel locomotives always face east on the LIRR unless they’re running a loco on both ends of the consist for various reasons like the ability to haul extra C3s more efficiently during peak hours or so they can run into Penn Station and switch power modes (Amtrak requires a locomotive at both ends just to make sure if one fails, the train still runs on DC third rail mode). (DM30AC/DE30AC control cab) (C3 cab car #5011 coming off the Oyster Bay Branch whilst DM30AC #521 heads eastbound down the mainline) The Bi-levels: The C3 bi-level cars play a pivotal role in the transportation of many LIRR customers. These cars were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and began delivery to the LIRR in 1997 and went into service in 1998. They are pushed and pulled by the LIRR DM30AC and DE30AC and their are roughly 130 of these cars running on the LIRR today. Cab cars on the LIRR are always facing west and these cars run trips to places like Jamaica, Hunterpoint Avenue, Long Island City etc. There is one place however where the cab car cannot run and that’s into Penn Station. These cab cars were not equipped with the ability to change power modes from the cab, so power can only be changed from the DM30AC. This means they’re prohibited from entering Penn Station on their own. (C3 control cab in Jamaica Station) (DM30AC #512 on the far left, DM30AC #516 in the middle and DE30AC #401 on the far right sitting in Port Jefferson Yard on the Port Jefferson Branch) YouTube Videos: Current Route Use: These locomotives would not only add a lot more fun to the route, but also more variety. Right now, we could use them to do off peak runs from Jamaica to a Mineola and back as apart of the Oyster Bay Branch. During peak hours, we can take them to places like Penn Station, Long Island City etc. They could also be used on the main line from Hicksville to Jamaica, Penn Station etc. during peak hours as apart of the Port Jefferson Branch. Not only will they help with the operational variety, but also at the visual variety. We could see them go to branches like the Montauk Branch, but just not have the ability to operate them and that would make the DLC that much better. Resulting Possibilities: With the inclusion of this train, we could even see diesel branch extensions from either DTG or third party developers with the editor tools. I believe we could see something like the Oyster Bay Branch which would be extended from Mineola station which will be in the game. Or we could see an extension to Port Jefferson from Hicksville and not only would that provide great usage for the diesels, it would also give the M7’s for usage as they run up a portion of the Port Jefferson Branch to Huntington station where the third rail ends. All in all this would be an awesome DLC and would open up so many opportunities and experiences for customers excited to play the LIRR. The DLC upcoming looks amazing and I can’t wait to play it tomorrow! Hope you enjoyed reading this proposal and feel free to leave a comment and an upvote, thanks!